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Old Posted Jun 22, 2011, 8:13 PM
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What if names like Larkin, Metlife, and Travelstead were synonymous with NYC?

New York City to many is the greatest city in the world. But it could have been even greater. Many daring and amazing projects from long ago were not built. Over the coarse of the next few dozen pictures we will see some pictures of how NYC might have looked if some tenacious and bold projects were built like the Larkin, Metlife North, and Travelstead buildings and how NYC might look in the future with current proposed projects. But this could have changed the coarse of history as some other magnificent buildings could've been sent to B RATE STATUS. Remember there is no need to be accompanied by a barf bag, as I only included worthy and beautiful buildings. I will post ten pics a post. Now everyone close their eyes and open them again to see how New York City really might have looked in the 21st Century.

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Old Posted Jun 22, 2011, 9:04 PM
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What if names like Larkin, Metlife, and Travelstead were synonymous with NYC?



An overhead shot of New York City, where some of the most amazing, wonderous, and tallest treasures lie



New York City's icon the Metropolitan North Tower and the rest of Midtown Manhattan



(From L to R) The Larkin Building, The Empire State Building, and a portion of The Metropolitan North Tower collectively know as the three brothers



A shot of the Metropolitan South Tower completely dwarfed by its monstrous companion and far right is the beautiful Chrysler Building



A birds eye view of Madison Square and the record World Tallest Building for over 40 years the Metropolitan North Tower and dircetly across the street is its fraternal sibling and WTB holder for a mere 3 years the Metlife South Tower. Baruch College can be seen in the lower right portion



The first completed stage of the West Side projects known as Manhattan West as seen between the Metlife towers



Looking east at Madison Sqaure from a portion of West 24th Street



A look south from Herald Square back at the Metropolitan North Tower. Some of the newer construction can be seen at the right



A view of two of the most visited buildings in the world the Metropolitan North Tower and The Empire State Building



An awe inspiring look up at the mammoth, gargantuan icon known as the Metropolitan North Tower, which towers all the way to the heavens above

more to come...........

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Old Posted Jun 22, 2011, 9:13 PM
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Too many syllables in those names.

A building's name needs to be able to be condensed into a punchy 3-letter acronym like ESB or be the setting for a rom-com in order to matter.

Nobody goes to New York with 'Americas Tower' on the itinerary.
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Old Posted Jun 22, 2011, 11:36 PM
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Seeing these pics just made me again think how awesome it would be if the Metlife North Tower got completed. The best thing about it is that it could be done. The foundations were made to support such a huge building. Now it only needs to find a developer who would be willing to finish it
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Old Posted Jun 23, 2011, 2:17 AM
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What if names like Larkin, Metlife, and Travelstead were synonymous with NYC?



Looking north towards the infamous Empire State Building and the Midtown skyline from the Metropolitan North Building Observation Deck



A look from the Metropolitan North Building Observation Deck head on north to one of the best Post Modern buildings in the city the Travelstead Building



A Pre 15 Penn Plaza look through the twin Manhattan West towers



A Pre 15 Penn Plaza look at the obelisk known at 2 Penn Plaza and Manhattan West lurking in the background



The newly added 15 Penn Plaza completes the job of belittling and demeaning the fabled Empire State Building



(From L to R) Manhattan West North, One Penn Plaza, The Empire State Building, (the newly constructed) 15 Penn Plaza, Two Penn Plaza, the Eventi, the New York Life Building, and Manhattan West South



The new One 57 absolutely dominated the southern Central Park skyline. The supertall to the right of Random House Tower with the green copper roof is the Larkin Building



Jumeirah Essex House and Hampshire House are completely dominated by the tallest concrete building in the city



An aerial view of a once bum but now rejuvenated area of the city



TOWER VERRE

The next post will be a look at the 'Greatest addition to the New York skyline in over a century..........

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Old Posted Jul 20, 2011, 1:12 AM
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What if names like Larkin, Metlife, and Travelstead were synonymous with NYC?

(My internet was out for a month)

Now onto the greatest addition to the NYC skyline in over a century.



The beautiful Tower Verre rises above the rest



The Tower Verre has helped put MoMA on the map. Where ever you look at it from the skyline you know that's where the Museum of Modern Art is located.



The Tower Verre has taken the honor of having the best views of Central Park away from the GE Building. Far left is the new One57



A look up at the 6th Avenue canyon



A breathtaking look down at the Tower Verre and the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan



A look east towards the 'dominant one'



A look at the superior side of the skyline Midtown East



Tower Verre and some of the other giants of the city



Looking south at the GE Building, Tower Verre, and the rest of the crew



Tower Verre: A TRUE CLASSIC

The next post will take a look at arguably the best Post Modern skyscraper in the city

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Is your examination of Travelstead Tower going to feature a fully textured model?
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the Metropolitan Life North Tower is without a doubt the most depressing loss......
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Old Posted Jul 20, 2011, 5:47 PM
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Is your examination of Travelstead Tower going to feature a fully textured model?
At first I wasn't going to but now specially for you I'll make a textured model

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Shouldn't this be in the SketchUp subforum?
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Fascinating. MNT is a true tragedy. I hope that one day it is completed, resplendent in the finest Art Deco design possible.
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The Metropolitan Life North Building can still be completed even though it's only a small stump right now. The base can support another 80 floors to give the building 110 floors. That's the same number of floors the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center had.
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At first I wasn't going to but now specially for you I'll make a textured model
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I suggest that these canceled projects be a part of the next stage of Manhattan growth after the WTC. We need to reach higher in office buildings as well in residential towers. The demand is always there,and the skyline can be like it was in the early 20th century. ESB can retire as the Metlife would take its place as the tallest in the city and in the country.
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Old Posted Oct 15, 2011, 5:04 AM
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I suggest that these canceled projects be a part of the next stage of Manhattan growth after the WTC. We need to reach higher in office buildings as well in residential towers. The demand is always there,and the skyline can be like it was in the early 20th century. ESB can retire as the Metlife would take its place as the tallest in the city and in the country.
Metlife can't go higher than 1700 feet, but it was supposed to go up to 1400 feet. 1WTC will be the tallest in America for a long time, until something like the Chicago Spire is built, which isn't likely. MORE PICS COMING VERY SOON.

NEXT: The best Post Modern skyscraper in the city

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Metlife can't go higher than 1700 feet, but it was supposed to go up to 1400 feet. 1WTC will be the tallest in America for a long time, until something like the Chicago Spire is built, which isn't likely. MORE PICS COMING VERY SOON.

NEXT: The best Post Modern skyscraper in the city
So they can't install a spire on Metlife?
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So they can't install a spire on Metlife?
They can. That doesn't mean it'll look very good.

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Instead of the Big Apple, the city would go by the Big Larkin.
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Is your examination of Travelstead Tower going to feature a fully textured model?
Hey Scalziand good thing I listened to you and made a textured model. The Travelstead looks so awesome. It truly would've been the best Post Modern in the city.

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What if names like Larkin, Metlife, and Travelstead were synonymous with NYC?

Now on to the most amazing, outstanding Post Modern skyscraper not only in New York City but in the entire universe. (Such a depressing thing this wasn't built, this is light years ahead of what stands there today, not that {383 Madison} Bear Stearn's is a bad looking building but this was soooo much better. Mr. G Ware Travelstead and Kohn Pendersen Fox got screwed).



The BEAUTIFUL Travelstead Building tower above the rest, like only it can



From l to r Chrysler Building, Metlife North Tower (MNT), Metlife Building, Waldorf-Astoria, and the magnificent Travelstead Building



The Travelstead Building hovers above the Park Ave canyon



A building from the 30's, one from the 60's and the delightful one from the 90's have all changes NYC history and architecture in their own special way.

(THIS IS A 4 PICTURE PREVIEW. WHY? SO I CAN SAVE EVERYONE THE TROUBLE OF HAVING A HEART ATTACK RIGHT AWAY. TEXTURES PICTURES COMING TOMORROW)

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